Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ramblings and Ideas

Wow!! Here we are in March, and I am nowhere near getting all the things done I wanted to before Spring arrives. Today AJ and I built another raised bed and started a rhubarb bed. Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will finish the rhubarb bed and maybe plant some lettuce and onions. If you are gardening, by now you should have planted potatoes, beets, onions, and leafy crops like spinach, lettuce and chard. Plant them in small rows (all but the potatoes) in 7-10 day intervals for the next month, and you should be enjoying fresh greens before you know it. If you haven't yet, you need to start tomatoes, peppers, squash, and cucumbers inside in peat pots right now, so they will be ready to go out in the garden in mid-April. Is your garden soil ready for Spring? Add composted manure and organic matter, and till or spade it in before you plant. Take all your old plant debris from last season and put it in your compost heap -you do have one, right? Want to try your hand at raising fruit? Try blueberries- they are fairly low maintainence and dependable, and once established should provide you with fresh fruit every year. Plant at least three different varieties, and use those for the Southern planting zones (7-9). Peach trees are also a good bet, but make sure you plant a later bloomer, so it doesnt get bit by the late frosts we seem to have here in Greenville. I am becoming more and more a believer in preparedness-do everything you can to take care of your family because it is for dang sure the government can,t take care of much of anything, except for wasting our tax dollars on entitlements and giveaways. . .comments,feedback...anyone?